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College of the Arts

School of Music

E101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2172
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The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology allows for in-depth study of current and/or historical cultural research. Emphasis on a particular non-western historical period, style or continent leads to both breadth and depth of research skills.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s); 3.00 GPA; three letters of recommendation; goal statement(s); resume; and academic paper written in English.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 32 total credit hours.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students recognize, identify, interpret and discuss theoretical concerns and important contributions of historical figures in the field of ethnomusicology, as well as representative music styles from different historical periods, countries and ethnic populations.
  2. Students demonstrate and apply fieldwork techniques including proficiency with photography, videography, and audio recording, interviewing, and participant-observation research.
  3. Students demonstrate the ability to plan and execute an efficient and productive lecture presentation in an academic setting for use at professional conferences, concert performances, and classroom teaching that includes time management, clear and effective explanation, efficient use of multi-media, and successful question and answer interactions.
  4. Students utilize and discuss theoretical issues related to ethnomusicology and related disciplines, such as socio-cultural identity, semiotics, gender studies, politics and power, ritual studies, globalization and hybridity.
  5. Students identify, explain, and utilize performance pedagogy, as well as analyze compositional forms, appropriate to the specific vocal or instrumental areas of study.
  6. Students display performance and interpretation skills in music through discussion and participation in rehearsals and through the resulting musical product in concert settings.


Thesis/ Dissertation

The Master of Arts program requires a thesis.

All students writing a thesis must pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and the student’s major area of study.The final oral examination may be attempted two times.


National Association of Schools of Music